Judith Ann Kerpa
Judy was born on May 1st 1951 to Oscar and Thelma Williams in Springfield Missouri. She was the eldest daughter and 5th child of 9 children. She was raised in Missouri and various other places until her family settled in the Arena Valley area and she attended school in Wilder and in Parma until 11th grade when she quit school to go to work and help her parents out.
Shortly afterward, she met a handsome young man just back from Vietnam and they fell in love and quickly married. They gave birth to a girl they named Carrie Ann and 3 years later a boy named Kenny Jr.
Judy was a member of the VFW for quite a few years and her and Ken were on many bowling leagues over the years, then dart leagues. Judy loved to spend time with her kids and grandkids and play Pinochle and Yahtzee. She raised her family in Nyssa and spent a few years working at the Corn Cannery, Amalgamated Sugary company, and Presbyterian Care Center when she was 55 years old, she went back to school, studied hard and received her GED, and went to work for Heinz Frozen foods where both of her children worked.
When Judy was just 59 years old, she began being plagued with early signs of dementia and it began to interfere with her daily life. She ended up leaving Heinz and staying home.
Mom taught us so many things in the brief time she was with us. She was our biggest fan and biggest prayer warrior. She taught us about God and always reminded us of how much he loved us. She had such a strong faith. Mom also taught us to love everyone and that we are all God’s children and when someone hurt us, we needed to forgive them and move on and those who were closest to Mom know she was incredible at that.
Judy is survived by her daughter Carrie Hines (Alan) of Vale Oregon, Son Kenny Jr. (Ofelia) of Ontario Oregon, Stepson Kurt Wilson of Boise Idaho, grandchildren Kenneth Kerpa the 3rd of Ontario, Oregon, Julie Kerpa of Salt Lake City Utah, Alayna Hanson of Ontario Oregon, Ashley Hernandez of Lincoln City Oregon, Michael Jones of Nyssa Oregon, Jennifer Jones of Nyssa Oregon, Jordan Jones of Adrian Oregon, Kristopher Hines of Vale Oregon, Sara Hines of Vale Oregon, and Rebecca Hines of Vale Oregon. She was proceeded in death by her Grandsons Steven Kerpa and William Hines as well as her loving husband of 44 years Kenneth Kerpa Sr.
The family would like to invite everyone to attend her Celebration of life at the Nyssa Christian Fellowship 220 S. 5th St. Nyssa Oregon on Saturday, October 8, 2022, at 11:00 am with lunch following downstairs afterward.